About This Center

A permaculture-based community, founded in 1994, located on 329 acres in culturally rich, biologically diverse western North Carolina, about 45 minutes southeast of Asheville. Earthaven Ecovillage is dedicated to caring for people and the Earth by learning and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture. The School of Integrated Living hosts experiential educational opportunities to support Earthaven's education mission.

See School of Integrated Living's website for more information on education programs happening at Earthaven Ecovillage. (contact info blocked)

“Ecovillages are human-scale, full-featured settlements in which human activities are integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development, and which can be successfully continued into the indefinite future.”

Venue Highlights

Public and private tours.
Forested hiking trails.
Community gatherings.
Eco-infrastructure and natural buildings.
Gardens & farms.
Neighborhoods with different personalities within the village.


Forested camping. Indoor lodging offered by private community members.


  • Sauna
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


As a homesteading community we support local growers and aim to eat seasonally when possible.


See website for detailed directions.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Watching the sun come over the mountain in the morning inspires me! Holly

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.